New guidelines from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology are changing the definition of high blood pressure.
Patients with blood pressure previously considered pre-hypertension now fall into the Stage One category.
“The statistic that we had previously of 1-in-3 U.S. adults having hypertension changes now into 1-in-2 U.S. adults having hypertension. So the actual numbers, for a diagnosis of hypertension, start at 130 systolic – that’s the upper number – and 80 diastolic, which is the lower number.”
Thomas believes the change recommended by the study will raise awareness and lead to lifestyle modifications.